In Pennsylvania, a high-ranking official from the election department is telling everyone that it could take several days to count the votes for the 2022 midterm elections. The outcome of the Pennsylvania midterm elections could have a significant impact on the Senate.
Leigh Chapman, Acting Secretary of Pennsylvania Commonwealth, warned Americans that the process of counting all ballots would take “a few days”.
Chapman stated Tuesday that “that doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad is occurring.” “It simply means that the election process (and) every vote are being counted is taking place.”
Chapman stated that the large volume of mail-in ballots would make it difficult to count the ballots in a matter of days.
Chapman, a Democrat who was appointed acting Secretary of Commonwealth by the Governor of Pennsylvania in January, stated that “we are expecting a large turnout,” especially via mail-in ballots. Tom Wolf (D).
The Observer-Reporter reported that 1.29 million Pennsylvanians had submitted absentee and mail-in ballots. 556,758 of these ballots have been returned, Chapman stated. This is significantly less than the estimated 2 million votes sent by mail during the 2020 presidential election. However, it’s still significant and will likely tax the county workers.
According to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Chapman stated that the mail-in votes are split to 930,000 for Democrats and 269,000 for Republicans.
Chapman said on Wednesday’s “Meet the Press Now” that “The best thing we can do is manage expectations and let voters understand that election officials must do their jobs.” They must ensure that every vote is counted. Delays in the results do not necessarily mean something is wrong. This does not mean that ballots are appearing out of nowhere. We can’t begin preprocessing or canvassing these votes before election day.
It took news agencies four days to announce the winner of the 2020 general elections in Pennsylvania.
Chapman was previously an executive director of Deliver My Vote, an advocacy group that “dedicated itself to increasing voter participation” and turning out more voters.
According to the organization, “We offer the resources and tools to help you register and get ballots by mail. This gives you the safety, flexibility, and convenience to choose how you vote. You can either mail your ballot in or pick it up in person on election day. Our goal is to empower you to take control of your vote and let your voice be heard.
She was also a senior advisor to Let America Vote, a political committee that opposes “extreme identification requirements”, questionable purges, voter intimidation, and new and extreme voter registration procedures, or any other thing that might make voting more difficult.”
Chapman, a civil rights activist working with Advancement Project in November 2013, compared Wisconsin’s requirement to have a photo ID for voting to Jim Crow-era intimidation.
November 1 is the last day to mail in or request an absentee or mail-in ballot.
Pennsylvania is in the middle of a pivotal midterm race which could decide whether Republicans or Democrats will control the Senate. According to a CBS News poll, Lt. Gov John Fetterman has a narrow two-point lead over Dr. Mehmet O (R) in a midterm race that could determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.